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Board of Directors

Judy Burdine, President
Judy Burdine, President [term expires 12/31/2017]

(Somerset) Judy is the former director of the Pulaski County Public Library in Somerset, with a Master’s Degree from Eastern Kentucky University. She was a founding member of the Kentucky Legislative Committee (now the KPLA Advocacy Committee) and “Standards for Public Libraries.” She has served as President of the Kentucky Library Association; Somerset Chamber of Commerce; Somerset Woman’s Club; Somerset Junior Woman’s Club; Downtown Somerset Development Assoc.; Big Brothers, Big Sisters; Red Cross; Pulaski County Friends of the Library; and United Way. Currently she is a member of the Somerset Chautauqua Circle (Secretary), Pulaski County Friends of the Library, and Pulaski County Library Foundation Board. Judy’s hobbies include reading, farming, bridge, and church.
Lois Schultz

Lois Schultz, President-Elect [term expires 12/31/18]

Lois Schultz is Head of Knowledge Management Services at Northern Kentucky University.  Before coming to NKU in 1978, she was at Xavier University in Cincinnati and Thomas More College in Edgewood, KY. Schultz taught school in Jefferson County.

Service to public libraries includes Board of Trustees, Kenton County Public Library for ten years (1999-2010), president Kenton County Public Library Foundation Board (2011-    ), secretary Kentucky Library Trustee Round Table (2008-2010,) and Friends of Kenton County Public Library. Schultz teaches collection management for the American Library Association and serves on the Board of the Kenton County Extension Service.

Carol Baughman

Carol Baughman, Treasurer  [term expires 12/31/2017]

(Frankfort) Carol is a retired library director and Children’s and Youth Services Consultant for the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. She is also a former public library trustee. She earned a BA in Education from Centre College and a Masters in Library Science from George Peabody College and serves on the boards of Friends of the Paul Sawyier Public Library and the Josephine Sculpture Park. Her hobbies include reading, cooking, gardening, and bridge.

Susan Phelps

Susan Phelps, Secretary [term expires 12/31/2017]

(London) Susan retired from the Department of Corrections as the first female Probation and Parole Assistant Supervisor for District 10. She was also the first female officer for Laurel/Knox Counties and served as a team member of the 27th Judicial Drug Court Program. She is a graduate of Morehead State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a minor in English. Upon graduation, she worked both as a reporter for a daily newspaper and a news director for a radio station. Susan has been an active member of Friends of the Laurel County Public Library for eight years. As a board member, she recently finished a term as President and is now serving as Treasurer. Susan also assists with the annual United Way of Laurel County auction.

Earlene Arnett

Earlene Hawkins Arnett  [term expires 12/31/2019]

(Georgetown) Earlene is the retired director of the Scott County Public Library, with 44 years’ service.  She has served as treasurer, chair elect, and chair of the Public Library Section of the Kentucky Library Association.  She is currently a member of  KLA, ALA, Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society, the American Quilt Society, Georgetown/Scott County Chamber of Commerce Board Member, Secretary of the Scott County Historical Society, Vice-President of the Scott County Community and Education Foundation, Leadership team for Reading Camp Scott County, Scott County Genealogical Society, Elkhorn Creek Quilt Guild, and several more community organizations.

Linda Barnett

Linda Barnett [term expires 12/31/2018]

Linda is retired from South Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation in Albany. She currently serves as a trustee at the Clinton County Public Library. Linda is a member of the Clinton County Women’s Club and enjoys history.

Linda Hitchcock Linda Hitchcock [term expires 12/31/2017]

Linda is a freelance writer, book reviewer, and retired real estate broker residing on a small farm in east Barren County with her beloved husband John and two endearing yet annoying cats.  She is an active lifetime member of the Warren County Friends (Bowling Green) and a former FOL President and former Library Board trustee of the Mary Wood Weldon Memorial Library (Glasgow).  She is a graduate of Georgetown University (DC) who also studied at Philipps-University, Marburg, Germany.  Linda serves as a board member, programs co-chair and publicist and is a former three-term president of Glasgow Musicale, a past Regent of Edmond Rogers Chapter, NSDAR,  National Society of Colonial Dames of the 17th Century, the Mary Custis Lee Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, a long-time Plaza Theatre volunteer and member of National Book Critic’s Circle as well as an avid organic vegetable and flower gardener, cook and baker and is involved with other community organizations. 

Mary Lynn Collins

Mary Lynn Collins, Past President [serving ex-officio term]

(Frankfort) Mary Lynn, a retired Legislative Analyst/Committee Administrator for the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission, holds degrees in Sociology and Public Affairs from Kentucky State University. She is a member of the Paul Sawyier Public Library Board of Trustees, Co-Manager of the Friends of the Library Book Store (at Paul Sawyier P L), a member of the Frankfort/Franklin County Community Education Board, and a Capital Area Master Gardner. She was instrumental in forming the Friends of Kentucky Libraries and “believes that Friends can make a big difference in the life of a public library!”

Linda Stith

Linda Stith [term expires 12/31/17]

(Versailles)  Linda is a retired librarian having worked in reference at Lexington Public Library, as Audio-Visual Librarian for Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives and lastly as a regional library consultant for KDLA.  Her BA (English) and Masters in Library Science are from the University of Kentucky.  She has served on the Boards of the Kentucky Library Association and the Southeastern Library Association and has been a member and officer for numerous American Library Association committees and sections.  She is a past-secretary of the Woodford County Friends chapter. Linda enjoys her summers working for the Lexington Legends baseball team and her interests include reading, travelling, college sports, and cocker spaniels.

Elaine Wilson

Elaine Wilson [term expires 12/31/2018]

Elaine is the Director of Cultural Diversity for the Somerset Community
College in Somerset, KY. She has an undergraduate degree from the University
of Kentucky, and a master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University. She served on the Pulaski County Public Library Board for several years. She is also the immediate past president of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association National Board of Directors. Currently, she serves as a member of the State Advisory Council on Libraries, the Somerset Independent Schools Board of Education, Secretary of the Kentucky Humanities Council Board, the Board of the Hospice of Lake Cumberland, and the University of Kentucky College of Social Work Advisory Board.

Non-Voting Members
Wayne Onkst

Wayne Onkst, State Librarian and Commissioner (term expires 1/31/2019)

Wayne Onkst is a native of London, KY where his first job was at the Laurel County Public Library. He received a BA in History and a MA in Library Science from the University of Kentucky. Upon receiving his MA, he worked for the Kenton County Public Library in a number of positions, becoming Director in 1999. He was appointed Kentucky’s State Librarian and Commissioner of the Kentucky Dept. for Libraries and Archives in 2006, and served until 2015. He enjoyed working closely with Friends groups throughout his career. In addition to being a lifetime member of the Friends of Kentucky Libraries, he serves on the board of the Kentucky Historical Society, the Jesse Stuart Foundation, and Welcome House of Northern Kentucky. He lives in Erlanger with his wife, Deborah.

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